Leeds United winger Ian Poveda is giving himself the best chance to shine in the Premier League, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa striker and arch-Leeds critic delivered his verdict after Patrick Bamford lifted the lid on Poveda’s recent change in attitude.
The striker told the Leeds’ official podcast that he and other senior pros had to warn the 20-year-old about being late for training at the beginning of the season.
Bamford revealed Poveda is now the first to Thorp Arch and is often seen working alone as early as 7:30 in the morning.
The England Under-20 international is yet to start a Premier League game this term but made his ninth substitute appearance of the season against Tottenham at the weekend.
Poveda joined the Whites from Manchester City last January but has started just one league game for the club.
Asked by Football Insider whether Bamford’s revelation could mean we could see the winger kick on, Agbonlahor said: “Maybe sometimes you need to be told by other professionals in your team that you’re not doing the right thing.
“He’s probably realised he’s getting the chance to shine in the Premier League and you don’t want to mess up that chance.
“Doing extra and getting in early is definitely the best thing you can do.”
As a youth player, London-born Poveda enjoyed spells with Chelsea, Arsenal, Barcelona and Brentford before moving to City in July 2016.
He did not feature for City’s first-team but has played 14 times across all competitions for Leeds.